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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

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M.A.I.S. (Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, formerly known as Liberal Studies) is a unique graduate degree at UALR. Rather than focusing on a single field the MAIS degree is composed of two areas of study, combined into an interdisciplinary degree plan. Interdisciplinary Studies courses help students understand and practice the interdisciplinary research, writing, and communication skills needed. Each student is able to design a degree with two areas of study that are the most relevant to that student. With the many fields available for study the number of potential degree combinations is vast. The MAIS degree is as unique as the student who pursues it.

MAIS Facts:

  • Our students come from diverse professional backgrounds
  • Our students range in age from recent undergraduates to new retirees
  • MAIS graduates are currently active as teachers, PhD students, and professionals
  • You can pursue the MAIS degree part-time or full-time
  • Some courses may be available online or in evening sessions
  • Graduate Assistantships and other financial aid options are available
  • MAIS faculty are involved throughout the campus and conduct research in multiple areas

“As an educator and multimedia producer it is critical that I communicate effectively across disciplines to develop messages that inform, educate, and inspire.  MALS allows me to target courses in various fields that strengthen the skills I need to be successful.”

-Kevin Quinn studied History and Journalism and completed a thesis entitled “The old gray lady and the campaign for the equal right amendment in Arkansas: A content analysis of the Arkansas Gazette 1972-1979″.

“It has been great to be able to create my own degree that fits my needs. I love being in the program and would highly recommend it to anyone who has more than one subject area they would like to pursue and the initiative to create their own degree.”

-Shannon Caldwell studied Rhetoric and Writing and Applied Communication; she completed a final project entitled “Communication with the world one person at a time: teachable moments with President Bill Clinton.”

Updated 12.4.2012